TMA exhibit explores American landscape through 3 artists’ eyes

Scenes from the American landscape viewed through the eyes of three artists are the spotlight of Tyler Museum of Art’s new exhibition “Passing Through: Works by Lloyd Brown, Pat Gabriel and Sarah Williams.”

Organized by the museum and curated by Caleb Bell, “Passing Through” explores places and sites one might encounter while passing through a town or region, each through the unique vision of the artist.

“Despite their realistic approaches, these artists strive to capture the essence or mood of a place as opposed to accurately recreating it,” Bell said. “The scenes are left open-ended, allowing the viewer to bring their personal experiences to the works and walk away with their own interpretations.”

Works spotlight familiar yet often overlooked spaces such as motels, fast-food restaurants, industrial parks and highway intersections to “elevate the mundane and present the ordinary in a magical light evoking a wide range of emotions,” Bell added.

The exhibition runs through Dec. 1.

The Artists

“I paint a variety of landscape subjects in oils, often with a focus on clouds and sky,” Fort Worth artist Gabriel said in a statement on his website. “I’m drawn to the distinct lighting effects created in storms, and at dusk. Some of my work is scenic, although I also focus on objects such as trees, or man-made structures. ... Even though my work is in a realist style, many of the places depicted are entirely imaginary.”

Lloyd Brown, who is based in Utah, recently had an exhibition titled “Cross Country on Highway 50” that included paintings depicting small-town intersections, train crossings, rural stretches of road based on his experiences of traveling across the United States on a highway that passes through rural areas in the West.

“Being raised in a small town and then moving to an urban setting has made me aware of the seemingly mundane, anonymous scenes existing on the periphery that tend to be ignored, said a statement by Williams, who received a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of North Texas.

“I like the idea of bringing paintings of small-town life to the contemporary art scene in urban settings,” she said. “I hope my work allows people to think about where they come from and take pride in the collective identity of their home region.”

— Jon Perry

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